New Delhi: Bumper to employees! The Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday that work from home (WFH) will be allowed in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) for a maximum period of one year. Also, it can be implemented up to 50 percent of the total employees. The Commerce Department has notified new rule 43A for ‘Work Form Home’ in the Special Economic Zone Rules, 2006. The ministry said that the notification has been issued based on the demand from the industry. The industry had demanded uniform implementation of WFH policy for all Special Economic Zones.
This opportunity has been given to maximum 50 percent of the total employees. Even if the year is over, in some cases employees are given the option to continue working from home for another year. If more than 50 percent of the employees work from home, the permission of SEZ Development Commissioner (DC) should be taken explaining the related reasons in writing. The Center has also announced these new working days for the contract employees. .
Under the new rule, certain categories of employees working in SEZ units will be allowed to work from home. These employees include employees working in information technology and allied areas working in SEZ units. Those employees will also come under its purview, who are temporarily unable to come to work. According to the ministry, the facility of work from home can be given to 50 percent of the total employees. This includes the contract workers in the unit.
The Development Commissioner of the SEZ will be empowered to allow more than 50 percent of the employees to work from home on valid grounds. The ministry said, ‘Work from home has now been allowed for a maximum period of one year. However, the development commissioner can extend it for a period of one year at a time on the request of the units.
As per the notification, the decision was taken on demand from the industry for making a provision for a country wide uniform work from home policy. “The notification was issued on demand from the industry for making a provision for a country wide uniform Work From Home (WFH) policy across all Special Economic Zones. The Department of Commerce thereafter held several rounds of discussions with various stakeholders before firming up the notification,” said the department of commerce in its notification issued on Tuesday, July 19.